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How to Upgrade Your Ecommerce Website

Intro

If you are a website owner sooner or later you will face the fact that your website is required some renovation. Especially if you’re running ecommerce website and your competitors pushing you out of business because they already use newest web technologies, but you’re stuck with 5-10 years old website. Internet is a very fast paced environment, many things are changing rapidly: technology, fashion, user behavior, market tendencies and the most important - search engine ranking logic. Let’s see what we can do to really improve design, performance, ROI and search engine positions of any e-commerce website.

SE Accessibility

If search engines have difficulties accessing information on your website then your website simply doesn’t exist for search engins. Good SE Accessibility can significantly improve SE positions of your website that can eventually save a lot of your money. Here are some points that will help you to achieve a perfect SE accessibility:

Usability and User Experience

  1. First of all get rid of anything that can distract visitors from your products: annoying questionnaires, pop-up windows, useless JavaScript effects, link farm, extensive 3-rd parties advertising and pointless “cool” Flash animations. Flash is good for banners, interactive video clips, portfolios and short presentations. But it’s totally inappropriate as a platform of entire ecommerce website, because it’s invisible for search engines and doesn’t work with 64-bit browsers.
  2. Secondly make all text information easy to read. People no longer use small screen resolutions like 640x480px and 800x600px, therefore sizes of fonts on your website must be easily readable on monitors with 1280x800px resolution. Contrast between background colors and colors of your fonts must be in comfortably visible range.
  3. Make shopping experience on your website easy to understand. User’s efforts between adding an item to shopping cart and actual payment for it must be as low as possible.
  4. If your website requires a mandatory registration before user can actually buy something, then probably you’re losing up to 80% of potential sales. Just think for yourself which website would you prefer when you want to buy some product online: with registration or without it? If your e-commerce business really needs user registration then make it very simple by getting rid of all redundant form fields as salutation, gender, birth date etc.
  5. If you have a large quantity of products, good categorization and search facility are essential. Your visitors should be able to find what they are looking for in a matter of seconds.

Ecommerce Content Management System (ECMS)

In some cases would much easier and cheaper to build the whole website from scratch than fixing the old one. Unlike 5-10 years ago now we have a large variety of Ecommerce Content Management Systems (ECMS). They are ready to go e-commerce websites in one package including everything that any online retailer ever can dream about:Some of them are free, some are quite expensive, some are open source, some are not, some are very bulky and overloaded with redundant stuff, and some are straight to the point and easy to use. In any case you should decide for yourself which one suits your e-commerce business best.

Choosing the Right ECMS

Let’s assume that you are running or going to run a small e-commerce business and from this criterion we draw some points to help you to choose the right Ecommerce Content Management System. First of all it’s not recommended to use free open source software by the following reasons:The best choice would be some ECMS software company with reasonable price on its product and with good customer support.

Another thing to consider before you buy any ECMS is a list of supported payment processors and a list all its features that have to match essential needs of your ecommerce business. For example if you going to sell intangible digital products (e.g.: e-books, MP3s, ring-tones, images etc.) you have to check it first, because not so many payment processors and shopping carts support real-time transactions and automatic immediate download of digital goods.

And the last thing to check is SE accessibility of ECMS mentioned in above paragraph of this article with the corresponding title. Try to validate the front-end code of its demo website before you buy any ECMS software package. If it can’t pass W3C Validator, has bulky and messy front-end code - don’t buy it.

In many cases small business retailers may be satisfied with E-commerce Site Kit: it has a very good usability, SE accessibility, nice CSS templates and pretty strong set of features to sell any kind of tangible and intangible goods together on one website.

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